Monosodium Glutamate commonly known as Ajinomoto is one of the main ingredients of many Chinese food items.
Still, most of the people don’t know its side effects on our health. Children and pregnant woman are more vulnerable to it.
Just one decade back, we use to love mom-made, home-cooked food. Eating outside was very rare and even not needed.
The yummy and healthy Parathas are loaded with ghee; all simple, home-cooked food was the only thing you would think about. The fashion of pizza, chips, and Maggie has just recently come into vogue.
Yep, Time has changed. All ready to cook and instant food are readily available everywhere, even at your home.
I know that people are literate enough. They are aware now of the ingredients and the nutritional content of the item, but why do they turn their eyes against something like MSG, a slow killer.
The worst ingredient present in almost all prepared food items is the monosodium glutamate. Big name? This element comes from the name of Ajinomoto.
What is this? How does it harm you? All these questions will be answered in the following article.
Ajinomoto is nothing but a Japanese firm named Ajinomoto Corp.It produces this Ajinomoto food enhancer.
Its main ingredient is this monosodium glutamate commonly known as MSG. It enhances the flavor of the food items. This ingredient is increasingly found in many prepared foods.
Previously only Chinese food contained this ingredient. But, now it has moved from Chinese restaurants to our kitchen shelves.
The noodles that you eat wafers that you enjoy and 1 min soup packet you feel yummy are all slow killers. All these essential food items contain MSG (monosodium glutamate).
Below is the reason as to why is this ingredient so harmful and how does it harm our body.
How This MSG Is Made & Why Is It So Harmful?
When you eat items containing MSG or glutamic acid, then the glutamate levels in the blood increases by about 8-10 times. Normally this level should be very low in the blood. Due to this excess level, it causes severe effects.
Also, the Ajinomoto ingredients is an excitatory neurotransmitter. It over stimulates the nerve cells. Excess intake of this ingredient upsets the balance of the neurotransmitter. This imbalance leads to an unhealthy body and also adverse consequences.
Why do people use it even after knowing everything? This is the question that hits me often. Look, MSG is quite cheap and is readily available in the market. It enhances the food taste so that people like you, long for more. With low costs, food chains will get huge profits.
Another reason is that when you take MSG, it stimulates your pancreas. Pancreas then releases the insulin even when your sugar level is fine. This excess insulin causes a drop in the sugar standards of the body, and you feel hungry. This leads to overeating along with obesity.
MSG is addictive too. If you eat items containing MSG once, you tend to get into the habit of eating that food item on a regular basis.
Ajinomoto Side Effects
I have been repeating this line many times that MSG is a slow killer. The health effect that it has at first is quite mild. But with the expense of time, they become severe.
Instead of having many Side effects the product is still very much used in our day to day life.
Here below is the list of some Side effects caused by this dangerous ingredient.
- A headache: This is a very common side effect of MSG. You normally get it. But due to continuing intake of MSG, this mild headache can take the form of a migraine. This migraine can be very severe.
- Overstimulates the nerves: As already discussed MSG is a neurotransmitter. It stimulates the nerves and misbalances the neurotransmitters. This leads to an unhealthy body.
- Heart effects: Excess intake doesn’t even leave heart unaffected. It leads to irregular heartbeats, cardiac muscles arrest, and Chest pains.
- Burning sensation in the facial region is quite familiar due to regular intake of MSG.
- Pregnant women have to be very cautious regarding this ingredient. It causes sterility in pregnant women. During pregnancy, Ajinomoto should have been avoided the cause of its side effect.
- Even small kids should completely avoid consumption of MSG.
- MSG can be a reason for problems like blood pressure, thyroid issues, diabetes, asthma, food allergies and also obesity.
- Excess sweating is also a very common side effects of MSG.
- Nausea and weakness can also be felt after consumption of MSG.
- It can also damage the retina of the eyes.
- This ingredient can also be a reason for causing cancer.
Items That Contain MSG
- Ready to eat food packets
- Dehydrated soup packets
- Dehydrated gravy packets
- Instant noodles and cup noodles.
- Preserved fish
- All kinds of sausages
- Tomato ketchup
- Potato wafers
- Soya sauce
- All canned and preserved foods
- All fast food items, mainly Chinese
These food items should be completely avoided. If you don’t, you are risking your life to an ingredient that will kill you slowly.
Prefer food items made at home, basically organic and unprocessed food. I’m not saying that you should never eat these things. You can make all these things at home without the use of this dangerous MSG.
After knowing all this, I’m pretty sure that you will avoid all kinds of prepared food items. Not completely, but still you will try.
See, life is very precious. Don’t pay high prices just for satisfying your taste buds. I will just say maintain one thing “say no to Ajinomoto or this ingredient MSG.”
Ensure that when you eat out, there is no MSG added to the food item. When you buy products to make sure that they are free of MSG.
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